Paul Trouillebert France

10-1829 Paris, FRA – 6-28-1900 Paris, FRA

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Trouillebert, Paul

Paul Trouillebert is considered a portrait, and a genre and landscape painter from the French Barbizon School. He was a student of Ernest Hébert and Charles-François Jalabert, and made his debut at the Salon of 1865, exhibiting a portrait. While portraits certainly did not guarantee acceptance into the Salon, they did, for the most part, offer a rather safe and incontestable first entry to a Salon since it was a subject that did not challenge traditions and did not challenge Salon audiences and jurors. At every Salon from 1865 to 1872 Paul Trouillebert exhibited at least one portrait, despite his interests, which were beginning to shift to landscape painting. Trouillebert also worked with the nude, his most well received composition being Les Baigneuses (The Bathers) of the 1882 Salon.

He produced many landscapes that are very close to the Corot's late manner of painting.

At the Paris Salon of 1869, Paul Trouillebert exhibited “Au bois Rossignolet”, which was a lyrical Fontainebleau landscape that received great critical acclaim.

He was also interested in the orientalism and produced paintings of nudes. He painted a portrait of a half-nude young woman in an ancient Egyptian style of the Greco-Roman Dynasty. He called it Servante du harem (The Harem Servant Girl).

Unfortunately, Paul Trouillebert’s name became most famous after Alexandre Dumas purchased a Trouillebert painting that was signed as a Corot. Forgery of Corot’s work was rampant, especially in America where it was once said that Corot painted about a thousand works, two thousand of which are in America.

Whether or not Paul Trouillebert meant to intentionally paint in the style of Corot or if it was just a matter of over-inspiration is another question. A lawsuit ensued, bring much attention to Trouillebert and bringing him a small moment of fame to his career.

Art Movement: Barbizon School
Influences: Ernest Hébert, Charles Jalabert, Camille Corot
Influenced: Pierre Ucciani

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